Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

NSW election 2015: Andrew Constance says dividend losses from electricity privatisation far less than Luke Foley claims

Sean Nicholls NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance has criticised as "intentionally misleading" claims by Labor that the government would lose $1.

Luke Foley heads to the north coast with three Nationals seats in his sights

Sean Nicholls The NSW Labor party is diverting serious campaigning firepower into three north coast seats it believes it has a real chance of stealing from the Nationals on March 28 due to concerns about coal seam...

Mike Baird pledges maximum life sentences for child sexual intercourse

Sean Nicholls The crime of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 would be punishable with life imprisonment under a suite of child protection measures announced by Premier Mike Baird.

Mike Baird's emotional public moment during election policy forum

Premier Mike Baird gets emotional during a speech at a pre-election

Sean Nicholls NSW premier mike Baird was overcome with emotion and appeared to wipe away tears as he discussed the plight of homeless and disadvantaged youth during an election policy forum on Tuesday night.

NSW government underspent family energy rebate by $22 million despite high electricity prices

Sean Nicholls Despite record high electricity prices and disconnection rates the state government has underspent by more than $22 million its key rebate aimed at shielding low income families in NSW.

'We can do this': Luke Foley rallies ALP troops with anti-privatisation pitch

 Luke Foley

Sean Nicholls, James Robertson Opposition leader Luke Foley has delivered a rousing speech to launch his 2015 election campaign, declaring the March 28 poll can be won by Labor despite the daunting 15 per cent swing required.

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Luke Foley banking on history to give Mike Baird an electricity shock

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley addresses the party faithful and assembled Labor luminaries at the Catholic Club in Campbelltown at Labor's Campaign Launch on March 1.

Sean Nicholls Luke Foley takes pride in his knowledge of political history and it took him only a couple of minutes to underline what will be energising him over the four weeks before the March 28 election.

NSW state election 2015: Luke Foley launches Labor campaign

Sean Nicholls Opposition leader Luke Foley has delivered a rousing speech to launch his 2015 election campaign, comparing the task of winning government next month to Australia's unlikely victory against England...

'No Plan B': Did Mike Baird just hand Labor the campaign line it was looking for?

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Sean Nicholls The first leaders' debate of the 2015 state election campaign has put the Premier in a tight spot.

Mike Baird accused of trying to disguise profitability of electricity businesses to make sale politically palatable

Workers paint an electricity pylon near Lymm, northern England February 18, 2015. Most British energy consumers who have not switched supplier and/or tariff have missed out on saving up to ?234 (US$360) a year a watchdog's report on competition in the industry showed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENERGY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Sean Nicholls The NSW government is being accused of trying to disguise the financial success of state-owned electricity companies from the public to avoid the impression taxpayers will be losing highly profitable...

Fresh feud in police bugging scandal as crime commission boss and commissioner at loggerheads

Sean Nicholls Former Crime Commission chief Phillip Bradley has accused police commissioner Andrew Scipione of giving "demonstrably wrong" evidence to a parliamentary inquiry.

Bugging scandal committee pushes for open inquiry into new police oversight body

Former Crime Commission boss Phillip Bradley has accused police commissioner Andrew Scipione of  giving

Sean Nicholls The dispute between police commissioner Andrew Scipione and former Crime Commission boss Phillip Bradley goes to a key recommendation of the parliamentary inquiry into the police bugging scandal.

Police bugging inquiry: Andrew Scipione evidence rejected by former crime commission chief as 'demonstrably wrong'

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione in Martin Place on Wednesday.

Sean Nicholls The former NSW Crime Commission chief Phillip Bradley has sensationally accused police commissioner Andrew Scipione and his predecessor Ken Moroney of giving "demonstrably wrong" evidence to a...

Labor MP Tim Crakanthorp to front inquiry after being branded a 'liar'

Sean Nicholls Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp will front a parliamentary inquiry on Friday to outline under oath how a staff member found an explosive cabinet document in his new electorate office after he was...

Mike Baird flags overhauling police oversight if reelected in March

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the current system for reviewing complaints against officers is complex and unsatisfactory.

Sean Nicholls NSW Premier Mike Baird is promising to "streamline" oversight of the NSW Police if re-elected in March.

NSW police bugging: inquiry report recommends shake up of oversight

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas was heavily targeted in the bugging operation.

Sean Nicholls Oversight of the NSW police should be completely overhauled and responsibility handed to a new, single agency according to the major recommendation of a parliamentary inquiry into a decades-old...

Police bugging inquiry report says Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas deserves an apology

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas was heavily targeted in the bugging operation.

Sean Nicholls Deputy NSW police commissioner Nick Kaldas deserves an apology for being targeted with dozens of listening device warrants more than a decade ago, an upper house inquiry is expected to recommend.

Possible leaking of cabinet document referred to ICAC by NSW Premier's department

Agreed to appear: Former MP Tim Owen  fronts the parliamentary inquiry on Monday.

Sean Nicholls The possible leaking of a confidential cabinet document outlining official advice about a light rail line in Newcastle has been referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption by the head...

Gladys Berejiklian backed preferred Newcastle light rail route in draft consultation document

Sean Nicholls Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian featured in a draft document praising her department's preferred route for light rail in Newcastle before the government opted for a more expensive plan that...

Mystery over cabinet documents gives Mike Baird a headache

Sean Nicholls As the focus tightens on the NSW election in five weeks' time, there is an intriguing - and somewhat distracting - question that has been occupying the mind of quite a few government members and...

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